Sony WH-CH710N ANC/Bluetooth Over-Ears down to $88

The battle for the ANC/bluetooth over-ears market is fierce at all tiers these days. If you want to get a name-brand under $100, one of the Black Friday deals comes from Sony at participating authorized Sony USA dealers. It’s the new condition closed-back over-ear ANC with bluetooth WH-CH710N going for $88 by Amazon actual (two color options) and in black only at Adorama and also at B&H Photo which charges $2 more…

We have here a text and pictures unboxing of the previous generation model, the WH-CH700N. I haven’t seen or touched the newer 710 model, so I can’t compare…

AKG K240 Semi-Open Over-Ears for $49

This is more of an homage buy, than a super-deal buy, and it may be useful for comparison/calibration of comments about other headphones since they’ve been around for a while and they’ve been had/used by many…

These refer to the semi-open over-ear AKG K240 (yes, first generation) going for $49 at authorized Samsung Harman Kardon AKG dealers 🙂 This includes Amazon and Adorama (option to buy together with H&A clamp holder for +$8), and at B&H Photo (option to buy together with Auray headphone stand or clamp for +$16 each)…

Hifiman HE-4XX Planars drop to $120

If you’ve been planar-curious but haven’t taken the jump in yet, here’s a lower risk price! Massdrop has dropped the price of the new condition wired open-back over-ear Hifiman HE-4XX planar magnetics to $120 with free US shipping and free US returns with a 1-year manufacturer warranty. My Oh My! These will ship in early December 2020.

You have an option to add a 3-year Drop warranty with accidental coverage for +$20, US buyers only. Normally I avoid optional $warranties$, but this is Hifiman 🙂 They average 4.4 out of 5 based on 1414 customer reviews over there, but do take a look at the 1-star reviews, thus mayhaps the $20 3-year Drop warranty is not a bad idea?

Black Friday Lightning Deals have no big names scheduled so far

In the published/teased Headphones Lightning Deals for Black Friday at Amazon, as of the time of writing, there are 85 options, but no big names scheduled. In some way this makes sense because the big names often appear when they go live or they are part of the day-change (12:01am pacific time).

Of those 85 teased lighting deals, there’s enough truly-wireless to outfit an army. But there are a few recognizable products as well:

+ starts 12:20am ET: KZ KS2 IEMs
+ there are multiple colors and variants on the product listing; sometimes only some of the options go on sale; on rare occasion it’s not the linked-to item that goes on sale but another option(s) ~ but the Lightning Deals teaser points to the “root item” (whatever that might be, mayhaps the first to be created for that multi-option listing?)

+ various Anker ANC/BT over-ears and wood-y Symphonized IEMs
+ we haz here a text & pictures unboxing of a wood-y Symphonized (not the ones scheduled in the lightning deals)

+ starts 2:05pm ET: Vogel On-Ears (multiple colors on the listing)
+ I haven’t seen these in-person, but comparing zoomed pictures with the old AmazonBasics On-Ears a few years ago, they look very very very similar;
+ they look similar (mayhaps different generation and customization?) to the Monoprice On-Ears which currently go for $15.50 minus a 15% off clip-on coupon
+ from what I recall AmazonBasics had two generations of these but they’ve either cancelled them or their contract ended or they are temporarily sold-out
+ I was planning to do a AmazonBasics vs Monoprice comparison of the two, but by the time I bought the Monoprice on sale, I had given away the AmazonBasics (for which I have pictures and notes somewhere ~ yes, I’m that organized!)

Monoprice headphones, speakers and tube amps sale

Monoprice is running a big headphones and speakers sale. We already mentioned a couple of them, but they have a total of 37 headphone options on sale, seven speakers and three tube amps…

+ the good old 8323 closed over-ears for $16 with free US shipping

+ Modern Retro over-ears for $21
+ closed-back, clone cousin of Superlux/Samsons

+ some of their more recent multi-driver IEMs

+ three tube amps (not dedicated headphone amps)

Bose QuietComfort QC35 II ANC/BT Over-Ears for $199

Now that everybody is making a competitive ANC/BT over-ear headphone, BOSE is feeling the pressure and they have decreased the price of their good old QuietComfort QC35 II to $199 with free US shipping at B&H Photo and Amazon and also at Adorama

Cleer Flow ANC/BT Over-Ears down to $70

Cleer Audio is jumping on the Black Friday hype train too with a big discount in an attempt to generate some attention and such. They are currently offering their new condition closed-back ANC/bluetooth over-ears “Cleer Flow” for $70 with free US shipping at New York’s B&H Photo

Philips SHP-9600 Open Over-Ears down to $100

The Philips open-back over-ear wired headphones are now expanding their reach in the US market. They have arrived at the B&H Photo website and during the Black Friday season, they have been discounted as follows:

+ SHP-9600 (latest model) down to $100

+ good old SHP-9500 down to $80
+ we have a text and pictures unboxing of it here

+ Philips X2 (previous generation) down to $145

Monoprice SonicSolace ANC/BT Over-Ears for $23 w/FS [updated]

Monoprice has an actual doorbuster! The new condition SonicSolace ANC/BT Over-Ears are on sale for just $23 with free US shipping in your choice of brown or black color scheme. This is a big drop in price indeed.

As of the time of writing this averages 4.2 out of 5 based on 400 customer reviews and they have 100 answered questions…

UPDATE: thanks to one of our readers for the comment! Apparently these have been on sale in this range; the last time I was tracking them these were going for 2X, that’s why I thought they were a BF doorbuster!

Thursday NewEgg’s 24 Hour Headphone Sale!

NewEgg is running a 24 hour Black Friday sale for Thursday 11/27/20 [Happy Thanksgiving] on their website that includes three pages of Headphone deals including:

+ Sennheiser ME2IEI in-ears for $35
+ Sennheiser HD 2.30i or G closed on-ears for $28

+ Samson SR860 semi-open over-ears for $40

+ various other brands including Sony, Bose, Jabra, Anker, TrebLab, etc

+ Beyerdynamic sale with eight options including:

++ Amiron Home open over-ears for $320
++ Lagoon ANC Traveler for $210
++ Xelento wireless bluetooth in-ears for $599
++ a couple of “CREATOR 24” bundles

AKG K92 Over-Ears with Tascam DR40X for $150

Part of the Black Friday – Cyber Monday festivities, Adorama is offering this AKG K92 + Tascam DR40X bundle for $150 with free US shipping. The K92 is a closed-back over-ear wired headphone while the DR40X is a 4-track digital audio recorder and USB audio interface. The Tascam is in the red color scheme.

Monolith Black Friday sale at Monoprice

Monoprice’s Monolith high-end audio brand is having its Black Friday sale as well. This includes speakers and subwoofers, but when you further page down over there you will find their headphone offerings. A total of eight products are on offer, five headphones and three DAC/amps!

Planar Open-Back Over Ears
+ M570 for $200
+ M1070 for $300
+ M1570 for $400
+ staircase prices in full octaves 🙂

Earphones
+ M350 planar earphones for $90
+ M-TWE truly-wireless for $100

DAC/amps
+ Monolith USB DAC for $70
+ Monolith THX AAA Balanced Headphone Amplifier for $330
+ Monolith Liquid Platinum Balanced Headphone Amplifier by Alex Cavalli for $400

Philips X3 Open Over-Ears for $199

The revitalized Philips is pushing forward with new products, and one of them is the open-back over-ear wired X3 headphone, the continuation of the line that began with the good old X1. As of the time of writing the X3 is down to $199 with free US shipping at Amazon by Amazon actual

The revitalized Philips also “revitalized” their prices upwards, angering some fans who got used to the good old SHP-9500 pricing. But I’m guessing Philips saw the crazy prices on some of the hype headphones du jour on Head-Fi and elsewhere and mayhaps they decided they want some of that too 🙂

Massdrop X Focal Elex Open Over-Ears for $550

It’s not FOCAL week, I just post whatever deals I run into 🙂 As one of their Black Friday offerings, Massdrop is offering their new condition Massdrop X Focal Elex open-back over-ear wired headphones for $550 with a 2-year manufacturer warranty. Per the listing this is handmade in France!

This is estimated to ship in mid-December. Given the COVID situation, it may or may not arrive by the year-ending holidays, so YMMV (as with everything these days)…

There’s also an optional $20 off combined purchase discount if you purchase it together with the DROP + THX AAA™ 789 LINEAR AMPLIFIER. You add this from the product listing page, not from the shopping cart like you used to…

Focal Elegia over-ears for $690, OB for $519, Used for $479

As part of the Black Friday festivities, for a limited time, Adorama is offering the new condition closed-back wired over-ear FOCAL Elegia [Audiophile Elegy?] for $690 with free US shipping and handling…

On the same listing you will see a used option for $479 and open-box for $519… Used quantities may be limited, so YMMV depending on when you read this and how much demand there is for the Elegia…

H&A Versa studio headphones for $50

If you are looking for a studio headphone of the Sony V6/7506 homage kind, good until 11/25/20 at 10am eastern time [or earlier if sold out] you can get the new condition H&A Versa for $50 with free US shipping at the Adorama website

They come with two cables (one straight, one coiled) and a 1/4″ adapter and a 1-year warranty…

EU Amazons: 30% off select Warehouse Deals headphones

Good until the end of November, some of the European Amazon websites are offering 30% off on select items that are in “Warehouse Deals”, their used products sales arm. The items must be sold by “Warehouse Deals” actual, not by other marketplace sellers.

+ at Amazon Germany they have nearly 900 headphone options, including some high-end gear like the Fostex TH-610, AKG K872, A&K IEMs, Philips X3, B&W, etc

+ at Amazon France they have over 850 options but the product coding seems to sometimes be off, so it may include some non-headphone items

+ at Amazon UK they have over 1000 options and they include the V-Moda M200, AKG K712, M&D, etc

+ similarly you can go through and check Amazon Spain, Italy, and don’t forget the more recently-launched Holland and Sweden

KEEP IN MIND, quantities of used items are often very limited. They may have only one unit of some of the items. The more niche usually, the smaller the quantity. Note also that some of these things may be a common inventory among the various EU Amazons. BREXIT does not kick in until 2021…

KOSS ESP/95X Electrostatic System (headphones and matching amp) drop to $390

Time to reuse my favorite most irritating phrase! Come on Barbie, let’s have an electrostatic party! It’s a sale, a Black Friday week sale at Massdrop and now $390 is all it takes to get your hands on the new condition KOSS ESP/95X ELECTROSTATIC SYSTEM. This includes both the electrostatic headphones and their matching amplifier. Free US shipping and free US returns. International shipping is not free but it is discounted. You have a power option of 120V or 220V depending on your location and power situation/needs/preferences…

This is a KOSS x Massdrop co-operation and it comes with the customary KOSS limited lifetime warranty of the legendary company from the state of Wisconsin. And when you open the package, you will definitely smell their dairy air 😉

This is a quick-shipping offer, they are estimated to ship on November 30 in 2020, so it’s not one of those wait-and-pray five month long Massdrop offers 🙂

Sony WH-1000XM4 with FREE Energizer 20,000 mAh powerbank for $278

Freebie time for the new condition USA-warranty closed-back over-ear Sony WH-1000XM4 bluetooth with ANC headphones. This is the latest generation model. This is, as of the time of writing, on sale for $278 at select authorized Sony USA dealers. The offers are as follows:

+ at Adorama with FREE Energizer 20,000 mAh power-bank and cleaning cloth

+ without freebies at B&H Photo and by Amazon actual

Philips SHP-9500 resurfaces at …Massdrop!

It’s the return of an old hype-darling as Philips is getting re-invigorated with its new masters. That’s right, the open-back over-ear wired Philips SHP-9500 is now on-offer at Massdrop for $70. This is the standard version, not a Massdrop customization. The offer runs for the next seven days [as of the time of writing] and it is expected to ship in early January 2021, so patience is definitely a virtue, and it obviously won’t get here/there before Christmas 🙂

Plenty has been written about this and its SHP-9500S cousin. Here we have a text and pictures un-boxing of the cousin, which is pictured below…

Hifiman HE-4XX Planars drop to $160

Massdrop is back with more Black Friday 2020 offers, headlined by the new condition Hifiman HE-4XX planar-magnetic open-back over-ear wired headphones going for $160 with free US shipping and free returns. International shipping is discounted but not free. It comes with a 1-year warranty but optionally those in the US can add for an extra $20 a 3-year Massdrop warranty with accidental coverage.

This is not an in-stock drop. Shipping is estimated to begin in early December 2020.

Thursday: Sony WH-1000XM3 with Xperia 1 for $550

The Thursday 11/19/20 deals at Woot have a couple of Android smartphone offers of headphone interest:

+ Sony WH-1000XM3 ANC/BT over-ears bundled with the new condition Sony Xperia 1 [SD 855] unlocked former-flagship smartphone for $550; with Sony warranty
+ the Xperia 1 supports LDAC, AAC, and apt-X HD per the PDF file specs linked-to from Woot

+ LG G8 ThinQ with Alexa for $350
+ the PDF file linked-to from Woot that has the specs says this has a 32-bit Quad DAC, and MQA decoder
+ I’ve lost track which LG phones have quad DACs, so be sure to research it to your satisfaction if you are not sure

Wednesday: Sony Home Audio sale!

If you are a fan of Sony’s audio gear, you are in luck because until 11/18/20 at 11:59pm pacific time, Amazon is running a Sony Home Audio sale featuring 11 products running from $73 to $1198. No headphones, this is speakers, subwoofers, soundbars and home theater kits… The prices range from $73 to $1198…

But to bring us back “on topic”, they are also running a Skullcandy headphone sale headlined by the Riff bluetooth on-ears going for $40… There’s also a $10 wired in-ear and a $25 neckband bluetooth earphone…

Sunday: V-Moda Crossfade 2 Codex Bluetooth Over-Ears for $250

Good until 11/15/20 at 11:59pm, Best Buy is offering as one of their deals of the day the new condition matte-white color scheme of the V-Moda Crossfade 2 Codex closed-back over-ear wireless (bluetooth) headphones for $250 with free shipping or free store pickup where possible/available…

As of the time of writing they average 4.6 out of 5 based on 76 customer reviews…

Saturday: SONOS MOVE for $299, Beats Solo 3 for $120, Storage for your Musics!

Saturday November 14 in 2020 is of music interest at the Amazon Holiday Dash (aka Gold Box) as they have seven different color schemes of the new condition Beats Solo 3 on-ears (bluetooth with W1 techonlogy, closed-back) going for $120 with free US shipping. One per customer [not sure if it’s per individual color, or total one of this model]…

As of the time of writing, these average 4.7 out of 5 based on over 7900 customer ratings [this is a mix of written-reviews and star-ratings without text]. They have nearly 250 answered-questions by viewers like you…

In the earlier days of SONOS, may had wished for a portable option. Fast forward to know, and there are portable options, the battery-powered new condition SONOS Move Smart Speaker (with Wifi, Bluetooth, Alexa) is on sale for $299 with free US shipping. Two per customer, but it is available in two color schemes…

As of the time of writing the SONOS MOVE averages 4.7 out of 5 based on over 2200 customer ratings and has over 270 answered questions…

STORAGE!
And now to the hungry DAPs and PADs (phones as DAPs) and phones and tablets and laptops (with microSD slots) and media players with microSD or SD slots, and such. There’s a big WD and Sandisk sale that includes microSD and SD memory cards [starting at 400GB], along with external and internal HDDs [including a couple of RAID consumer desktop options], and a couple of SSDs…

Just don’t forget to keep backups! By now we’ve seen multiple digital music services go under and with most of them, if you hadn’t already made backups, it’s “tough luck” after they go down in flames…

Friday: Beyerdynamic DT 240 PRO Closed-Backs for $58

Beyerdynamic returns once again at the Newegg daily deals for Friday November 13 in 2020 and it is the new condition closed-back DT 240 PRO going for $58 after using the $11 off promo code shown over there. Free US shipping. .. Also part of today’s deals is a refurbished Jabra Elite 65t neckband bluetooth earphone with ANC for $40…

Jimi Hendrix Edition of V-Moda Crossfade 2 Bluetooth Over-Ears for $220

All along the V-Moda Watch Tower says the audiophile to the merchant! That’s right, if you are a fan of Jimi Hendrix and the V-Moda over-ears wall of sound, you can marry them together in a single headphone that happens to be on sale as of the time of writing!

IT is the V-Moda Crossfade 2 wireless closed-back over-ears with Jimi Hendrix’s picture on one outer earcup (and his signature on the other; an easy way to tell L from R!) going for $220 with free US shipping at the Adorama website

Here’s a screenshot of the Adorama product page:

They Are Back: KOSS KSC-75X Massdrop X for $20

These are the best kept secret in the world of pragmatic audiophiles. Neither retailers, nor publishers of high-brow audiophilia want you to know how good these are because you may just stop paying attention to the four-figure stuff 😉

And “these” are back once again for ordering at Massdrop, just in time for the holidays, it’s the Massdrop X KOSS KSC-75X Clip-ONs going for a very down to earth price of $20 with free US shipping and returns, and discounted international shipping. They come with the usual Koss limited lifetime warranty.

One difference between these and the original KSC-75 is that the Massdrop edition has a utilitarian 1-button remote/mic for the smartphone/tablet/DAP users 🙂

This drop is in “pre-order status” with nine days left (as of the time of writing) and they are estimated to ship in late November 2020.

I’m going to jump onto this for sure (unless I forget like the previous time) because my trusty old KSC-75 (which I found on the clearance/trash-bin of an Office Depot (if I recall correctly)) [see text and pictures unboxing] has now become “mono” [only one side plays sound]…

This one you can HYPE HYPE HYPE without fear!

PS: this has the added benefit of not messing your hair (for those lucky enough to have hair that is) and it doesn’t put too much pressure on your head and jaw with prolonged use (eg some over-ears and on-ears) or doesn’t keep your ears sealed to the world for too many hours (eg in-ears)… These type of clip-ons and the classic earbuds are, in my humble opinion, the easiest on the ears, especially for prolonged use…

Seven Days Left: Hifiman HE-5XX Planars for $220

One of the Hype Headphones du jour at the moment is the open-back over-ear Hifiman HE-5XX planar-magnetic headphones and their listing at Massdrop has seven more days [as of the time of writing of this blog-post] before they begin shipping. They are currently in pre-order status. If you want to be among the first to have them on your non-planar head, you have seven days to decide!

They currently go for $220 with free US shipping and free US returns. International shoppers get discounted shipping and they have a 30-day return option, but the shipping cost on the return is on the shopper, not on Massdrop.

They come with a 1-year manufacturer warranty. They are, as the name hints at, based on the Hifiman HE-500 series…

Hype, Hype, Hype!!! 😉

Hifiman HE-35X Open Over-Ears (dynamic) for $75

There’s another bubbling under options for open-back dynamic over-ear headphones under $100 and it is currently on sale at the Massdrop website. “It” being the new condition Hifiman HE-35X going for $75 with free US shipping and free US returns. International shipping is not free but it is discounted. Customs and import duties are your responsibility…

This is an in-stock drop, meaning it is available to ship directly from the Massdrop warehouses. Needless to say, due to COVID, some delays are possible… It comes with a 1-year manufacturer warranty…

PS: some of the other well-known open-back options under $100 include Grado SR80/60*, Sennheiser HD 5**, Audio Technica ATH-AD*, Philips SHP-9?00?, etc…

Tuesday: Bose QC35 II ANC/bluetooth over-ears for $199

If you want some coffee to keep you up during those long listening and headphone testing sessions, there’s four different kind of Mr. Coffee options (including the audiophile-friendly pour-over and an All-In-One machine that clears space on the counters) at the Amazon Gold Box for Tuesday 11/3/20. But that’s what you are here for…

… what you are here for is their offer for the new condition BOSE QC 35 II closed-back over-ear ANC/bluetooth combo headphones going for $199 with free US shipping. This is available in three different color schemes. Up to five per customer. As of the time of writing they average 4.6 out of 5 based on 29,000+ customer reviews…

Tuesday: wired Beyerdynamic Amiron Home Open Over-Ears for $319

Beyerdynamic is back at the NewEGG daily deals, this one good for Tuesday 11/3/20 until 11:59pm pacific (or earlier if sold out). It is the new condition open-back over-ear wired Amiron Home going for $319 with free US shipping, sold and shipped by NewEgg actual. No promo code is needed for this offer. Up to three per customer at the sale price…

Some of the other Tuesday daily deals at NewEgg:

+ Anker Soundcore Spirit 2 necklace-style IP67 bluetooth earphones for $20 after a $10 off promo code

+ 256GB AData microSDXC (UHS-I, C10, V10, A1) for $26
+ feed the DAPs, and PADs and smartphones and tablets too

Meanwhile the NewEgg teaser for Wednesday 11/4/20 includes the Sennheiser Momentum Free necklace-style bluetooth earphones. The price is not shown in the teaser. We have to wait for Wednesday to find out…

Sunday: 20% off store credit with Touch of Modern purchases

Good until 11:59pm pacific time on Sunday November 1st in 2020, Touch of Modern is offering a 20% store credit on your Touch of Modern account over there with purchases made.

Their headphone inventory includes Audeze, Master and Dynamic, Sennheiser (including the HYPE HYPE HYPE Sennheiser HD 560 S), Shure, Bowers & Wilkins, and Astell-n-Kern…

They have a few more audio options under “Speakers” and “Components and Accessories” (Shure SHA-900 amp, Shure electrostatic system)…

Check each individual listing for details and shipping estimates and return policy…

Friday: Beyerdynamic DT770 (32o) for $124, Beats Solo 3 for $120

More headphone action for Friday October 30 in 2020, where at the NewEgg daily deals the new condition closed-back over-ear Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO (32 ohm) is down to $124 with free US shipping after you enter the promo code shown over there…

Also at NewEgg’s dailies, the a Fuji Labs Sonique 2nd generation earhook earphones go for $10 with free US shipping…

Meanwhile Amazon USA goes the way of the Beats Solo 3 wireless (closed-back bluetooth on-ears with the Apple W1 class) where seven different color schemes are on sale for $120 with free US shipping per pair.

Also at Amazon, they have three more Beats on sale as follows:

+ Beats Solo PRO ANC on-ears for $230

+ Powerbeats PRO earhook earphones for $200 with W1 chip

+ Powerbeats necklace-style earphones for $130

UPDATE: but wait, there’s more for Friday, there’s a Woot OEM accessories sale that includes:

+ refurbished Apple 3.5mm Earpods from $9 (also available in multi-packs for further discounts)

+ refurbished Sony MDR-EX110AP stubby earphones for $8

Wednesday: Beyerdynamic DT1990 PRO Open Over-Ears for $449

As teased, Beyerdynamic returns to the NewEgg daily deals with the new condition open-back over-ears Beyerdynamic DT 1990 PRO (250 ohm) for $449 with free US shipping. This is sold and shipped by HH Gregg through the NewEgg site.

PS: for those not familiar, HH Gregg was a brick and mortar electronics chain on the Eastern side of the country that eventually succumbed to the “internet era” in 2017 and closed all B&M stores. It decidedly out-survived Circuit City and Electric Avenue [no, not the song, the song is timeless]!